Crucial conundrum

Chris Wills

Chris Wills (born on 17 February 1978, in Folkestone, Kent) is a Champion of the British game show Countdown and a veteran of numerous other shows.


Wills first appeared on Countdown on January 14 2002 winning all eight of his heat games and becoming the #1 seed of his series, including the highest ever score in 20 years of Countdown, 129 on January 17. He beat two more contestants to reach the final where he beat Tom Hargreaves 110-67. He averaged 110 points per game.

Wills was invited back to the Championship of Champions tournament, where he won three successive games including a score of 120 to each the final against Graham Nash. The final was a tense, low-scoring game and he lost 79-73. Since recording this game, he's appeared twice on Countdown, against Julian Fell the player that beat his highest ever score of 129 and against Conor Travers, the youngest ever Countdown series winner at 14 years old. He lost both of these games.

Non-televised Countdown activities

A Kentish lad by birth and upbringing, he moved to Leeds, West Yorkshire in 2003, where he still lives. He has made multiple visits to the Edinburgh Countdown Club and has thrice won the Countdown in Lincoln (COLIN) tournament organised by fellow former series champion Ben Wilson. In July 2006, Chris added to his COLIN success with victory at the Countdown in Bristol (CO-BRIS) tournament organised by another pair of former contestants, Jerry Humphreys and Daniel Peake. In July 2007, he retained his CO-BRIS title with 5 wins from 5, defeating Conor Travers on a Crucial Conundrum 62-52.

Other television appearances

Wills is a veteran of numerous other game shows, appearing on 15-to-1 before appearing on Countdown, and later winning The Weakest Link taking away prize money of £2,540. He appeared on BrainTeaser and reached the final, beating 3 other contestants but after failing to solve the anagram TANTRIC + E, he failed to win any money. He also appeared on Mastermind. In 2008 he appeared on 1 vs. 100 and eliminated 99 of his 100 opponents, but again left the studio with no money.

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